Richmond City Commonwealth's Attorney
Duties - The office of the Commonwealth's Attorney prosecutes violations of state law and local ordinances in district and circuit courts and provides legal advice to local government.Term - 4 years - this is a special election to fill and unexpired termSalary -$144,745 minimum from Virginia Compensation Board and not including any optional City supplement
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What is the greatest challenge facing the Commonwealth's Attorney's office and how will you address it?
What is your position on the use of diversion, alternative sentencing, and restorative justice?
What will be your priorities during your term?
The greatest challenge is balancing the safety of the people who live in, work in, or visit Richmond with the smart prosecution of non-violent offenders. Our challenge as prosecutors is to protect the community and provide a voice for victims in court, while also considering a pre-trial or post-trial disposition that will address the criminogenic factors that may have led to a particular crime in order to prevent recidivism.
Our office has been at the forefront of using diversion (especially in relation to juvenile offenders) and alternatives to incarceration for a number of years. The problem is that there are many more defendants who need such programs than there are programs, bed-space and resources to accommodate the need.
My goals are to 1) create a pre-charge referral program for simple possession of marijuana, so that people accused of that crime are diverted from the court, and if they successfully complete community service, no criminal charge is ever filed: 2) expand our existing alternative dockets to include a Dual Diagnosis (mental health and substance abuse) docket; and 3) to have our Office be more visible in the community.
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